Championship would cap off extraordinary year
HE is the A-League’s answer to Wayne Bennett and Mick Malthouse.
But, unlike his dead-pan counterparts, Brisbane Roar master coach Ange Postecoglou is not afraid to talk things up ahead of his side’s championship decider against Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
Postecoglou is poised to join elite company and clinch his fifth overall football premiership – after two as a player and another two as a coach at his beloved South Melbourne.
But surely victory this weekend would eclipse anything he has achieved to date.
A championship must have seemed an eternity away when Postecoglou took over mid-last season at the p e r e nni a l underachievers a f t e r Frank Farina was sacked for a drinkdriving offence.
Yet Postecoglou is in sight of a maiden A-League title for the Roar after a record 27-game unbeaten run.
Despite earning the reputation as the A-League’s Ebenezer Scrooge, Postecoglou couldn’t be more excited ahead of this weekend.
‘‘ I am not a fan of keeping a lid on things,’’ Postecoglou said. ‘‘ This is my 25th year ( in football) and this is my fifth ( grand final) – that’s how ( often) they come along. I think sometimes if you try and keep a lid on things then you miss out on a great opportunity and the chance to miss out on something special.’’
Asked about comparisons with Bennett and Malthouse, Postecoglou said: ‘‘ I am nowhere near that category but I am proud of the record that I have – four out of four ( football finals) so far.
‘‘ I would love to make it five out of five. It’s not why I got into the game but that’s the ultimate reward.
‘‘ A championship would cap off an extraordinary year.
‘‘ I think people will see this as a landmark year for the club and think for football in Australia.’’
Postecoglou already has some reward after resurrecting a side that finished second-last in 2009-10.
The reigning A-League coach of the year is hardly satisfied, particularly against a Central Coast outfit that claimed a ‘‘ psychological win’’ following the Roar’s 4-2 aggregate semifinal win over the Mariners.
‘‘ It will start as 0-0 and I think that will help us because I think in the semis we went into that with a bit of a negative mindset, trying to protect a 2-0 lead ( from the first leg) rather than play our usual game.’’